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Thu Apr 26, 2012, 1:57 PM by danlev:icondanlev:
Hey folks! :wave:

You may remember a while back we showed off some brand new thumbnails in #hq's Journal. Well, after many weeks of porting and tweaking based on community feedback, we finally got these brand new thumbs ready for beta testing!

The new thumbnails

UPDATE (May 19, 2012): Based on feedback received, we've updated the new thumbnails to be justified. Thumbnails are now spaced out across the rows, making them flush against the left and right sides of the page. When a browser's window is too small, justification cannot happen without leaving larger awkward spaces. In these cases, justification is turned off and thumbnails become left aligned. We think these changes present the most appealing interface for both cases.

For those of you who didn't see the new thumbs when they were previewed a month back, here's a recap. :dummy:

The current deviantART thumbnails (the smaller versions of deviations) have served the community well for years; however, there's always room for improvement.

Some of the problems with existing thumbnails are: they leave a lot of blank space around them, there isn't a lot of room for text for literature deviations, and the thumbnails don't present very tall/wide images well. :nuu:

Now, we've created a new style of thumbnail, which hopes to solve a lot of these problems. :happybounce:
  • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
  • We're showing them in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping, allowing you to see the deviation as it's meant to be seen!
  • For literature thumbnails, we have lightened the background to match the deviation and given it much more room for text.
  • For very tall and very wide deviations, we zoom in on the deviation instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
  • We've added a frame around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
  • The information underneath each thumbnail is aligned to the left for better readability.
  • The newest and popular sorting options have been combined into one menu to save space and simplify selection.  
New Deviantart Thumbnails by $DEVlANT

Where will it work?

These new thumbs will show when browsing deviantART from the home page, in members' galleries, in members' favorites and soon, we'll be expanding these new thumbnails to the deviantART Shop and artists' Prints pages.

Report any problems

If you find any bugs with the new thumbs, don't forget to submit them as a bug to the #devBUG bug tracker under the New Thumbs project and we'll try and get everything fixed up as soon as we can. :bug:

Stay devious,
$DEVlANT and $Dan14Lev :wormnomnom:

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Riftress Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss the big thumbs!! T^T
CryptoPhonic Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Ahhh the thumbnails don't get big anymore! when I insert 'big' in the thumb code D:
Iernamei Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hi i wanted to say that i went to my friends house the other night and i tried using devientart on her computer and honesty you need to fix the thumbs. I own a large high power computer and
have fast internet so until i tried using someone else's computer i had not encountered any issues with the new thumbs.

On my friends computer the thumbs just were not working, i was lucky if 1 - 2 thumbs per row even loaded and the ones that did not load could not be clicked. You really need to consider those
who don't have fast internet or the latest computer model as the thumbs as they are now are not even practical as they are not even working on everyones computers.

Also the fact that we can now view them in full view mode proves that you CAN have 2 different thumb sizes for the site. I know you are probably sick of hearing this but honestly i think the third
option on those buttons should be the old thumbs and not full view. No matter what way you look at it the big thumbs need revising, i'm not saying they should go but they are not working properly as they are now.
MidNightsCastedAngel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Here's another thought,
so, I'm looking at the new thumbnails thing, and since I'm in beta testing I can see 'full view' as well. You're offering BIGGER things but not SMALLER.

How about Normal Veiw (Old view, the smaller thumbs). Newer View (or big, with grid||wall) and then Full. It seems pretty logical.
Kirbyofthestars1990 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I hate it because some of the thumbnails won't load on my iPad
Fox-xx Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's the exact problem I'm having. 98% won't load. I mainly go on my iPad so switching to the computer when I want to look at art which DA's primary function, it's really annoying. If that was fixed then I'd be happy.
AHMED-ART Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
the new Thumbnails sucks !
tf-regal Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
"Get used to it" is not a proper solution. This should never have been allowed to go this long without realizing many people would not want the big thumbnails and would like the option to keep the regular ones. Has anyone been reading the pages and pages of feedback to the latest update?
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I like the new thumbnails! I don't know why everyone's giving dA so much crap about it. Everyone else: get over it. In three days you'll forget it ever happened.
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It has been a few days, but no. I hope you realize that with these bigger thumbnails everyone gets less exposure as well. The design aspect is subjective but the functionality and usability has been downgraded as well.
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Less exposure? A person only has to scroll down. All dA did was eliminate some of the space around the littler thumbnails, therefore making the images slightly larger. Really, it doesn't bother me.
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Of course less exposure. The fact that people have to scroll more reduces the chance of getting noticed. One of the core principles of good web design is that the user should click and scroll as less as possible. DA had a very good system before. Another principle is that thumbnails should be 200px max. A vignette is 250px max but DA's current "thumbnails" even go beyond that. Regardless of whether you find it aesthetically pleasing or not, it's bad practice.
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Take it up with the dA moderators, perhaps? It makes me sad to think that society is so lazy that no one wants to scroll down. Oh, the horrors of living in a first-world country.

Granted, I don't know a lot about web design. In fact, next to nothing. I'll take your word for it.
MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm just having discussions with people now. Not to come to a consensus but rather because I'm curious about the arguments of the other side. I don't pretend that my view on the matter is an absolute truth so I want to discuss the matter. If you have no interest in that though, that's fine. I think I've already said everything I wanted to say anyway.

"It makes me sad to think that society is so lazy that no one wants to scroll down."
Obviously it's not anything terrible, however that doesn't mean websites shouldn't be innovative and offer the users the best experience possible.
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You obviously have a better argument than I do. X'D I wouldn't really offer much to a discussion, since I have no reasons behind why I'm okay with the change. I just get so used to websites messing with their displays that I've really grown indifferent to it.
DaemonUnix Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
I really don't like these bigger icons. Most of the time, most of the icons won't even load. I might be able to see one or two icons if I'm lucky. This really makes browsing inconvenient and annoying.
Geomancing Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm definitely not in favor of these huge thumbnails. It makes browsing a pain. We definitely need an option to go back to the old style.
shadowwolf-4 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sorry DA, I support you guys and everything.. but the new thumbnail layout is extremely annoying :c
Not to mention that it doesn't really help with anything.. I mean, you see less images on a page [without scrolling], and it just looks like you're slapping a bunch of different sized post-its on a wall.. not very attractive.

Perhaps have an option to switch to the old one? So that people who like the new feature can keep it and people who don't, don't have to?
allyalltheway Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think my computer screen is a bit too small for the big thumbnails ^^; it really does look a bit disorganized, mostly because it leaves some empty space on the very right if the next deviation doesn't fit.
allyalltheway Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the thumb grid is good, but not so sure about the thumb wall...
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Always ready to TRY....A new a tester..can always switch back..Thanks!!
TheLastHuzzah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I've just become a premium member for the first time in almost a year, and I have to say I hate the big thumbs :B I understand that people with enormous screens may love it, but for those of us still cruising on the old 1024 x 1280, it looks disorganised and invasive. If this was to be implemented, I'd absolutely LOVE there to be an option to turn them off and revert back to the smaller, more sensible sized thumbnails - actually I'd love that now and may turn off beta-testing til they're gone :paranoid:
Avichu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
With those new thumbnails it looks really disorganized and invasive. Not like the harmony that the anterior format had.
Also, some minutes ago I just saw an icon thumbnail floating in a huge framework; if you're going to keep this, try to keep the frameworks accord to the image.
Fishysmell Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
In many spots, the amount of thumbnails were uneven and messy. However, if we were to constrict the size to a certain size (still large, however), we could fit the larger thumbnails into a certain amount on each row.
In my opinion, the larger thumbnails help me get a better view at things. Especially MS Paint art, which usually looks horrible in the small thumbnails.
awdrie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
for the pictures with transparent backgrounds, the preview thumb has like a gray square around it.
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, looks like the style used in the information underneath the deviations overrides the defined font/color in some CSS-Stylized Galleries. Example: [link] (Info rendered illegible due to background color and font color being similar)

Another example, where the new thumbnails messed up the gallery: [link]
SinisterEternity Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
^ This exactly.
We've been telling them months ago and still nothing was done. :paranoid:
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the "Zooming in Very Tall Deviations" it's Ok, specially the tutorials, and long comics, since the punchline is "hidden".

However, I would like to know the minimal size/aspect ratio for which this happens.

About the "We've added a frame around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy" I think that the frame around transparent images simply doesn't looks good, since the transparency itself can be "part of" the deviation.

Also, what are the "Image requirements" of a image to have this border? Size? Aspect Ratio? In this Group Gallery [link] there are some square images that are "framed" and other (Wider and maybe Bigger) aren't.
SinisterEternity Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Still no change was made to at least make the deviation fit with the Galleries' custom CSS, making the titles of the deviations hiding the thumbnails themselves.
This has been dragging on forever, don't you think it's time to make a choice ?

To me it's still "Either make it optional, or don't release it at all".
Simply for all that has already been stated MONTHS ago in the comments.
145kristy145 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   Photographer
when i first visited the frontage, and saw the giant thumbs, I was a little overwhelmed. Though I'm getting use to it, and now I kinda like it alot... c:
matteogianardi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Student Writer
Although this is a nice change, it can bring some unfortunate problems in my opinion:
I do fear that members may tend to favourite deviations via drag&drop, without viewing the full-sized deviation.
Bigger thumbnails means even bigger layouts to make them fit, giving some problems with newly added deviations, they will "disappear" from the first page in no time.

I only suggest to increase a bit the literature thumbnail
ArtistFury Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It takes a little getting used to, but overall I like it. :D
It definitely does justice to black-and-white drawings and thin pencil sketches that would be easily overlooked otherwise. My only complaint is that, as =xMissLight said, it feels as though you have to scroll more to see the other deviations rather than seeing them all at once~
UnicornCat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldnīt do the bigger Thumbs, because horizontal pictures are displayed bigger than perpendicular.
The horizontal pictures are seen much faster, and that isnīt good, because the perpendicular have to be seen fastly, also.
ChocolateKitteh Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I like it but as Boarzx already said, it still looks a little messy. Basically because there are still big spaces between the deviations when there are 3 or 4 wide deviations in a row. Maybe you should not just try to keep each row tidy but also each column.
darthfilart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's easier to browse with the old style. Please change it back.
Boarzx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's good those are bigger so you can see better and stuff, but now it looks little messy imo. :/ And there's only bad thing to me: I'm mostly scrolling page by middle click and now it is much harder because I'm accidentally clicking/faving deviations all the time. I can deal with it but needed to say that. :D
NSYee36 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student
I command If I point to the cropped deviations, it will auto scroll down and up repeatedly, just like a preview.
Hoboist Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The layout looks wonderful! I haven't seen any issues with it so far, but it might look better if they were set in the center.
illumination10 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
It's nice but I wonder why some pictures have special effects(the white around them) and others don't, is it because the are prints
MellenAgen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I rather like this new layout.
But there is a block of space at the end where another
deviation could be.
tinyblonde11 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At the end of the front page, there is just some awkward space :| I don't really like this layout too much...
Zoiby Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tidy layout!. I still prefer the old thumbnails, but I guess it's because I'm used to them.

No bugs so far, but if I find any, I'll report them.
StrawberryVeins Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
i really like the thumbnails!
though i think some people might find them cluttery :l
but to me its really perfect since i can see the pieces much better
so far no bugs on my side though :3
awdrie Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I just upgraded to a premium today, and I can't even explain how much of a difference the new thumbnails make.
It looks like a true gallery, all the featured artworks; and it gives deviantart a more artistic feel.
I'm loving the new look :D
even though I'm in love with this new feature, I think some members may be not, so a suggestion is that this feature should be optional, similar to the two types of menus.
StarsColdNight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can't drag and drop from my fav folder :hmm: and from the DD gallery neither. only the main browser page works fine
shadowhand Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artist
Are you still having issues with the Daily Deviation page?
StarsColdNight Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nop, it works now :D thank you very much :hug:
but draging from the message center (the minishow of the DD next to the top journal, poll and deviusness) does not work :no:
dayylights Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist
When I first checked out my gallary and saw them I instantly fell in love in the way everything was organized.

But to make everyone happy, I think you should make it optional to where you can have it or not.

I also experienced a few problems with them.
1. I find them slightly too big. I like how you made them bigger, but I feel that they are too big where you can't view as many deviations, because they take up so much room.
2. Also, a lot of the time I check my messages on my Kindle Fire, because I don't always have the time to turn on the computer for a few new watch messages. And I found many things that sort of glitch out on my Kindle, but I deal with it because I know it's only the Kindle that can't load everything. Anyways, they take forever to load on my kindle, and hav'nr had the chance yet to check on my PC. So, if it was optional that wouldn't be a problem, but it makes browsing quite difficult on my Kindle :/

Also I apoligize for any typos, but I am typing on my Kindle and it has auto-correct, and sometimes corrects things incorrectly xD
Ghosts-N-Stuffs Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It would be great if it was optional, becuase some people will like these thumbs, and some may not. Like I prefer the old thumbs, but others might not agree, But thats just my opinion c:
MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wish the new thumbs were a bit smaller... something in-between the old ones and the new ones would be perfect, in my opinion. :)
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